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Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Trades along the Battle Road

Minute Man Natíl Hist Park, Mass

 
 
Trades along the Battle Road Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. Trades along the Battle Road Marker
Inscription. In 1775, the house before you was the home of Job and Anna Brooks, and their children Asa and Anna. Across the street was the home of cousin Joshua Brooks and his family.

From the late 17th century until the 19th century, there was a tannery at this site near Elm Brook. At the time of the Battle, it was run by Joshua Brooks. The brook provided water to wash leather hides, and to fill large vats in which the hides were tanned. The Brooks family also ran a nearby slaughterhouse, a brick kiln for baking bricks, and a saw mill. All of these are examples of local Colonial industries. Few people in the 18th century were solely farmers. Most men supplemented their income through trades such as shoe making, cabinet making, rope making, or blacksmithing. Many local men worked here at the tannery. Women made dairy products, spun and wove wool and linen cloth, and practiced midwifery. There was a very lively local exchange of goods and services.

“I, Benjamin Brown, Jr. of Lincoln . . . a minor, Hath put himself to Apprentice . . .
to learn tanning and curreing Art, Trade or Mystery . . . ”

-- Benjamin Brown Jr. at age 15, 1762

 
Erected by Minute Man National Historical Park.
 
Location. 42° 27.213′ 
Marker on the Battle Road Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker on the Battle Road
N, 71° 18.28′ W. Marker is in Concord, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from N Great Road (Massachusetts Route 2A), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located along the Battle Road, near Brooks Village. Marker is in this post office area: Concord MA 01742, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brooks Historical Area (approx. 0.2 miles away); Landscape Changes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bloody Angle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hartwell Tavern Historical Area (approx. 0.6 miles away); Meriamís Corner (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Meriamís Corner (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Meriamís Corner (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bedford Minutemen (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Concord.
 
More about this marker. Pictures on both sides of the markers depict colonial men and women practicing their trades, including Tanning, Coopering or Barrel Making, Spinning on a Spinning Wheel and Shoeing a horse.
 
Also see . . .
1. Minute Man National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on May 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Battle of Concord.
Job and Anna Brooks House Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. Job and Anna Brooks House
(Submitted on May 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Battle of Concord. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,492 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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